The Regatta was again hosted by the Cronulla Sailing Club racing in the waters of Bate Bay on Saturday and the Port Hacking Estuary on Sunday. 14 J24’s made the commitment with 5 hulls from the harbour, 1 from Botany Bay, and a crew from Melbourne showing the depth and strength of J24 racing.
Saturday began in a light 4-8 knot breeze, Dave Mclachlan, PRO and his team on the start boat got proceedings underway on time. ACE, David West and his crew, using this regatta in their lead up to representing Australia at the J24 World Championships in Italy later this year, won the start and the first race ahead of NSW J24 President, John Crawford on INNAMINCKA in second and Bryce Edwards driving WOOD DUCK in third.
Second race saw the forever young David McKay in STAMPED URGENT rise to the top, with INNAMINCKA in second and again new comer to the class WOOD DUCK third.
The PRO kept things moving in a dying breeze and race three got underway. Stephen Wright and his crew in TINTO, preparing for the J24 Worlds successful in first. ACE in second, with Mr Mckay again making an appearance in third.
The forth and what ended up being the final race for the day saw TINTO again take first with WOOD DUCK in second and Janette Syme in WILDFIRE arriving in third. Sails were then dropped and each J24 mounted there 3.5 hp engines of fury for the motor back to Cronulla Sailing Club for an evening BBQ with the sun disappearing on the horizon.
Day 2 and someone ordered wind right???
With the southerly change hitting early Sunday morning wind was certainly no question for day 2. A steady 20 knots with 30 knot busters made for some interesting times and some equipment failure.
Race 5 saw the girls from Sandringham Yacht Club, with Kirsty Harris driving HYPERACTIVE win pole position followed by Mr Consistency TINTO and WOOD DUCK in third. Race 6 and WOOD DUCK popped to the top followed by again TINTO with INNAMINCKA in third. Race 7 saw WOOD DUCK again hit first, TINTO in second and STAMPED URGENT in third, Cronulla Boats 1, 2, 3.
This is where the PRO decided enough was enough and racing was concluded. However the crowd on Bass and Flinders Point had enjoyed watching the colourful sails and inspecting the clean hull of VERTIGO, Clinton Hood.
Final results, congratulations to Stephen Wright and TINTO first on scratch and handicap, Second on scratch was Class new comer Bryce Edwards in his dad’s J24, could be an interesting discussion leading into the States in November. Bryce also achieved 3rd on handicap. Second on handicap was J24 Southern Sydney Fleet President, John Zagame driving JARGON with third overall going to the forever young David McKay on STAMPED URGENT.
The Organising Committee would like to thank firstly all of the events sponsors Infinity Rigging, Wet Tech Rigging, AUSSEA Sailing School, Cronulla Marina, SPOT-A-YACHT Photography, Sail Connect, Ocean Sports and Newton Real Estate.
Lastly events like this are only as successful as the unpaid volunteers thank you to all who contributed on BBQs Driving Support Boats, Dock duties and just generally being there. This list of volunteers is too long to mention them all by name however special mention goes to Jared Macquart, supporting this event since its inception through his professional advice on boat set up, maintenance assistance including supply of tools to effect emergency repairs to INNAMINCKA on Friday afternoon. Cheers Jared and thanks for the ongoing support.
The next J24 event on the Australian Calendar is the NSW Titles in November, again shaping up to be a 20 plus hull event.
The 2019 Nationals are now confirmed at the CYCSA in Adelaide with racing from 3 – 6 January. More info to come but, I suggest you will need to arrive by the 1st or 2nd for a relaxed registration and a pre race sail.
Adelaide is a great place to sail with open water and very little traffic around. The CYC there has a safe marina with plenty of mooring area and the updated club bar and eating facilities, not to mention plenty of hard stand space for settinig up.
Spot-A-Yacht this year have a pre-ordering option for your photos. Not only will the team of photographers give you priority attention on the day, but you’ll also save with $10 off our photo package. By pre-ordering, you can ensure they focus time and lens on your yacht and crew and provide you with the best photos.
It is without doubt, that the Sandringham Yacht Club Thursday twilight stern chaser series is the hardest regatta to win of the year. With a variable PHS in play and conditions that often favour the larger boats with soldier’s courses, the strength of the J24 fleet is regularly demonstrated in winning performances.
This year’s twilight series attracted 77 entries over two divisions including with up to 13 J24’s, it runs every week for 24 weeks, although there are a number of drops in the series, miss one important week and you’re dead! The fleet ranges from 50 footers in division one to the smallest J24 in Div 2.
This is a great series as the J’s start anywhere from 10 to 16 minutes after the first boat crosses the start line. Chasing the fleet down has become an intense competition made even harder by a shifting performance handicap that penalises any boat who finishes in the top 3 in any race.
This year was a bonanza with J24’s filling the top 3 positions. The 2017/2018 winner was Jack Fullerton in his beautifully prepared “Two Dogs”. Jack won by a huge margin often proving impossible to catch with good boat speed and tactics. He is a shining example of our younger breed in the J24 class at Sandy. Second (and current runner up in the 2018 National Championship) Simon Grain in Jet and third (current National Champion) Bruschetta VI skippered by Hugo Ottaway.
J’s feature strongly in this multi design race often getting line honours and filling the top places over recent years.
One of the last ‘Bashford Specials’, ‘Nelson J’ has been completely renovated by me this summer. Previously kept in Port Stephens, it is now in Melbourne (not at Sandy) and available for inspection by appointment.
The hull has been extensively refurbished inside and out. I had The Boat Clinic professionally go over the hull, keel and rudder and re-spray in 2 pot Colourthane and it is now an immaculate high gloss mirror finish. The internals have been cleaned up and put back to as new condition, finished in cream and varnished boards and cupboards.
It comes with a current anodised Sparloft mast in excellent condition and dyform rigging, quick adjusters on caps, new condition halyards set up in current racing style with all cleats on the mast, new genoa sheets with soft shackles from Wet Tech Rigging, tapered kite sheets and excellent condition control lines. Largely Harken fitout with ratchet kite blocks, current style Ronstan Genoa cars, self tacking traveller and alloy kite pole.
Tiller is laminated and varnished with tiller cover, UV protected halyard bag, Tohatsu 3.5 outboard and fuel container. Also including full Cat 6 safety gear, anchor and warp, extinguishers, V sheet, horseshoe life buoy and medical kit. Includes one set of club sails, main, genoa, jib and kite. Regatta sails as optional purchase. Bunk cushions included.
‘Nelson J’ is minimum weight including correctors and will have a current measurement certificate. You’ll find this is the cleanest J on the market today with the best racing finish and current rig. I have spent plenty of time and money upgrading this boat to immaculate condition and it deserves a keen new racing owner. There are cheaper boats out there but if you want the best and immaculate is important to you this is your new boat.
Price is mid 20’s depending on options taken. Call Simon on 0413 870 046
Engine is tohatsu 3.5 serviced about 18 months ago bought 3 years ago
Jarkan built hull
1290 kgs dry weight
Rigging was changed about 4 years ago
Mast about 10 years old
Ropes and fittings are all new
To be repaired – small damage to port side gunnel and gelcoat damage on bow
Price $13000 is negotiable especially if you want to fix repairs yourself. Please note the regatta sails are not included.
Excellent racing record with top 10 finishers in the Australian, and top five in the Victorian and NSW Championships.
Picture attached is from recent Nationals.
The boat is currently sitting on the hard stand at Sandringham Yacht club.
Call or email Ron Thomson – 0415 792 071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bashford Built 1991
– Completely refurbished 2013
– Measurement Certificate 24/8/2017
– Out of Water Survey Report 6/2014
– Mast Boom & Rigging Maintenance Check List Report 5/5/2017
– Cat 7 plus ( Safety Audit dated Aug 2017)
– Stored on Hardstand (No Antifoul)
– Sails : Club Set Full set Main, Genoa, Jib and Kite in excellent condition with very little use ( approx. 10-15 Races old)
Regatta Set very very minimal use, almost brand new : Main, Genoa, Jib and 2 x Kites
– Tohatsu 3.5hp outboard in excellent condition
– Extras include Boom Sail Cover, Cockpit Carpet
– Unencumbered Vessel
– New Kite Halyard (2018)
– New Kite and Headsail Sheets (2018) with Wichart Snap shackles and soft shackles
– All running rigging in excellent condition
– Ready to Race – last time raced it won the 2017 Mid Winter Regatta
– Located at Cronulla
Asking $17000 – Contact Peter Edwards